Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Tuesday subtly stopped the iOS 8.3 signing code, eventually preventing users from downgrading in favor of the iOS 8.4. Notably, this time around it took only a week for the company to decommission iOS 8.3 since the release of its next iteration. And, for the most part, all this seems in favor of its newly launched music streaming service – Apple Music.
The Cupertino wants its users to start using the new features rolled out with the new update namely – Apple Music, Beats 1, along with the revamped Music app. The newly launched Apple Music is being promoted via campaigns, which asks users if they would like to sign-up for the service once they’ve updated the Music app for the first time.
It is a good ploy by Apple, as the service is free for the first three months that might arouse interest among users to try the service. From then on, the service costs $9.99 a month, while it’ll cost $14.99 per month if you go for a six-user family plan. While Beats 1 is a free service, though in a way it forces users to try out Apple Music or the iTunes Store.
Apple Music Available on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TV, PCs and Android for $9.99/mo
Meanwhile, many users have expressed their discontent over the popular ‘Home Sharing’ feature that the company trashed in favor of Apple Music. The Cupertino giant seems to have realized it made a big mistake and immediately responded.
“We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9,” said Eddy Cue Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services.
Home Sharing essentially allowed users to stream their music from Macs across other Apple devices that include iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. Out of nowhere, Apple pulled off the feature in iOS 8.4 which for obvious reasons enraged users leading to an onslaught of complaints as they were heavily dependent on the feature.
Moreover, Apple surprisingly maintained silence about the update and instead chose to its Home Sharing help page to announce the change. The much-loved feature was free since iOS 4.3, which led to the feeling that users will now be forced to pay for the feature they were so heavily dependent for long.
Now, it seems the Home Sharing feature will not be back until iOS 9 unless the company takes a dramatic turn in their overall strategy.